Aus chief says day/night Tests inevitable
Published: 30 October 2012
James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia, has described a future day/night Test match as "inevitable", after the ICC pathed the way for the first fixture.
Sutherland reacted to a change in the ICC playing conditions allowing 'participating countries' to play day/night Tests, if agreed, by saying: "Test cricket is by definition played on at least three week days, times when most people are at work or school, and this limits the ability of fans to attend or watch on TV.
"We limit ourselves by staging cricket's premium format at times when fans often cannot watch."
The addition to the ICC's playing conditions read: Participating countries may agree to play day/night Test matches.
The home and visiting boards will decide on the hours of play which will be six hours of scheduled play per day while the two boards will also decide on the precise brand, type and colour of ball to be used for the match.
The ICC had already given its full backing to a first day/night Test match at its board meeting in June.
MCC, through its World Cricket committee, has campaigned for the introduction of day/night cricket since 2009. The Club has played three day/night first-class matches in Abu Dhabi, against the champion county, and will travel again to the UAE for a fourth year in 2013.
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Since then, first-class trials have taken place in England, the West Indies and Pakistan, while Cricket South Africa played a non-first class four day trial in September.
MCC has used Australian company Kookaburra's version of the pink ball for all its day/night cricket so far, but Sutherland admitted that finding the right ball remained a 'work in progress'.
However, he said Cricket Australia would continue to be a part of the search for the right ball: "Experiments with colours such as pink, orange and yellow have seen some promising developments in recent times and Cricket Australia will ... continue to encourage research and development that delivers a ball with the optimal colour and durability for Test cricket."